Proudly bringing out a new adaptions and accessibility guide for landlords with NRLA

Proudly bringing out a new adaptions and accessibility guide for landlords with NRLA

Collaboration with NRLA to launch adaptions guide for guide for landlords

We are so proud to collaborate with National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) to launch a new and much needed adaptions guide for landlords to increase the number of accessible homes and provide some good information for landlords, NRLA the UK’s largest membership organisation for private residential landlords has just launched this guide so together we can increase the stock of properties available for renting.

We have been working with NRLA, who have launched a report and guidance to help inform landlords of the role they can play in supporting the UK’s ageing population and disabled renters. Along with a range of housing specialists within the disability sector, our aim is to encourage more adaptions in the private rented sector for more inclusive living.

For all you landlords out there who want to make your rental property accessible below you can download the guide, with all the information you need below.

With Easter upon us and summer on the horizon this is traditionally the time of year when people move and the housing market is a-buzz with new opportunities, especially now, as we move out of lock down and cautiously look forward to seeing friends and family again.
Without doubt, it is well known that moving to a new house can be one of the most stressful activities we undertake. So there are huge added pressures if you are looking for somewhere to rent as a wheelchair user or person with disabilities. Where do you find a house on one level, a front door without a step up, a bathroom that accommodates wheelchair access, and step-free access to the garden?

Why don’t landlords consider adaptions? One of the things about that landlords concentrate on with their properties is renovating, decorating, extending and refurbishing, but something not always added to that list are to adapt them to make them inclusive for all. Which it should!

In the report, it shows that a change is needed with landlords to help to increase and improve the provision of suitably adapted homes in the private rented sector. While the guidance aims to support landlords in better managing tenant requests for home adaptations and direct them in how to approach funding, such as Disabled Facilities Grant (DFGs), and carrying out adaptations.

Download this all important guide here: https://www.nrla.org.uk/resources/looking-after-your-property/adaptations

“Sadly, this is not a new problem”, our Founder Sallie Stone-Bearne added, “at this moment, we are raising the problem of a young graduate who has a job offered to him, but there are no suitable accessible and inclusive properties for him to move to. Currently, we are searching for him.

Landlords need to think, let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger and we never know what is round the corner We will probably all need inclusive housing at some point, so why not make it standard? Making a home more accessible should be seen as an investment”

A man in a wheelchair is staring at a barrier of stairs with frustration
Image of Sallie, the Founder

Sallie was also asked by NRLA to be a guest on their ‘Listen Up Landlords’ podcast on their latest episode. Please do have a listen here, especially you landlords – you could make a much needed and real difference to the accessible housing crisis!

https://www.nrla.org.uk/news/listen-up-landlords-podcast

We have waiting lists of people needing inclusive housing and we can help you through the entire process. Please contact us on 020 3475 4022 or email us on info@branchproperties.co.uk or visit our website www.branchproperties.co.uk .

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